Capital One shrinks credit-loss provisions by 21%

Provisions in Q2 2019 took 23% bite out of the bank's $5.7 billion revenues

Provisions for credit losses (PCLs) at Capital One dropped 21% in the second quarter of the year, driven by improved credit conditions on the back of a strong US economy.

Total PCLs stood at $1.3 billion for Q2 2019, $351 million lower than the previous quarter, and at their lowest level since Q3 2018. However, they were up 5%, or $66 million, on the year-ago quarter. 

Provisions for the bank’s credit card business came in at $1.1 billion, down $294 million (21%) quarter-on-quarter. Capital

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